Yeah but they thought his reputation and calculated fan anger at studio greed assured them of success.
Almost everything I suggested was about giving fans “something”. Like allowing them more collaboration or input. But that was seen as sort of treating fans as Producers. But in the film business that’s the modicum of respect.
You take someone’s money cause sure YOU know how to make the movie. But anybody giving you that money is interested in making that movie and they are not giving it to you in a vacuum.
They kinda forgot that for a while.
For episodic to work… It requires a system. The players need to feel like you respect their Investment in your enterprise. Like if you buy the whole 60 USD you get some kind of exclusive access or something… or you become an NPC in a future episode/mission + you get all the episodes as it comes out. Or even that you get the next chapter a full month before it can be bought individually.
You get a shirt… something. Just don’t leave them with only a promise.
Too many promises floating around. Hahaha.